I join most of Christendom in celebrating the spread of the gospel through the planting of Bible believing churches—whether Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Charismatic, Non-denominational or of any other affiliation. But when it comes to the type of church plants I wish to financially support through the Cooperative Program and special offering gifts, my strong preference is to establish churches profoundly committed to the traditional practices and beliefs of the Southern Baptist Convention.
By this I mean churches committed to a “Billy Graham” type of salvation doctrine, a congregational type of polity, a view of God’s love that is unconditional, a view of the atonement that is unlimited, and a mission strategy that prioritizes the harvesting of souls in regions receptive to the gospel while still seeking to push back the frontier of lostness in regions that are not at all receptive. Continue reading
**This article was previously posted by Leighton Flowers on his website www.soteriology101.com and is used by permission.
Leighton is: teaching pastor in his local church, an adjunct Professor of Theology at Dallas Baptist University, and the Youth Evangelism Director for Texas Baptists.
“Can I lose my salvation,” is one of the most googled phrases regarding the topic of soteriology. Many people are concerned with this tragic potential. In order to answer this question some refer to the doctrine called the “Perseverance of the Saints,” and others the more common teachings such as, “Once Saved Always Saved,” or “Eternal Security of the Believer.” All of the discussions typically center around the foundational concern of an individual feeling insecure in his relationship with God. Continue reading
**This article was previously posted by Dr. Braxton Hunter on his website www.braxtonhunter.com and is used by permission.
Dr. Hunter is: former president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE), professor of apologetics at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana
Shock therapy for a church! That’s what my father used to say with regard to what a powerful evangelistic/revival sermon could do for a local congregation. He’s right. My father was used of God on a weekly basis for years in full-time evangelistic itinerate ministry. For over nine years I’ve done the same. I’m not necessarily a great orator or communicator of biblical truth, but almost everywhere I go we see multiple people come to faith in Christ for the first time. With all of my own insecurities (and for all the self-doubt) I had to ask myself a few years ago why it was that God used this ministry to such a degree. Other similar ministries have the same God, same access to the Spirit, same Bible and same truths, but don’t realize the same harvests. This is not universally the case. I know many evangelists who see filled altars with great regularity. Then it occurred to me. Continue reading